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JoThelan already said it, but I have to stress how common this is in swahili-Culture. Often people start yelling "hodi hodi" when they are close to the house, before coming up to the door. The reply is always "Karibu/ni!" =Welcome/plural! or Karibu ndani! = Welcome inside!
Saying "knock" or "knock knock" is an integral part of the cultures of Africa I have experienced. It is a way of asking for permission to enter one's homestead or door without physically knocking on something. Other examples,
Ndau = dododo , reply is "gumai" literally meaning "arrive" Shona = gogogoi, reply is "svikai" literally meaning "arrive" Ndebele = qoki qoki, reply is "ngenani" literally meaning "enter"
I am hoping others might share something about the etymology, but it's not really clear to me that it's not onomatopoeic. Looking at animal "sounds" from a variety of languages, many are explained as just that - "the sound the animal makes". But they can be very different! Except for often being repeated. "Hav hav! Wolf wolf! Oink oink! Ghrutu ghrutu!" Etc.
As in orange - Swahili "o" is always open/rounded [ɔ] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-mid_back_rounded_vowel
I think they mean the other way around where the "o" in orange sounds more like the "o" in code. In my American accent and other regions that underwent the caught-cot sound merger, this is more or less how we would pronounce orange. Of course the vowel isn't exactly the same just like in the words "oh" vs "or" since "oh" has more of a diphthonged o-u vowel, and the vowel quality and length of "or" is affected by the liquid/approximate letter "r", but to my ears these are allophonemically similar enough to be considered the same vowel. (There's some fun phonological jargon for you!) In other regions in the US that didn't undergo the caught-cot merger, particularly the South and East/Northeast regions, orange to my ears sounds closer to ah-range. Of course there are so many varieties and accents of English around the world and even within English-speaking countries that there's no definitive correct pronunciation.